Orphan Shabbat - Global initiative to raise awareness for the orphan and vulnerable child
Will you stand for the fatherless?
The OVC (orphan and vulnerable child) crisis in Israel is particularly complex. Due to political, social, and cultural factors, the vast majority of orphans and at-risk children reside in institutions, left without a permanent family.
There are over 365,000 at-risk children in Israel.
More than 10,000 children have been removed from their homes by the Ministry of Welfare, only 25% of those children are in foster care.
Couples wait an average of 5 years to adopt a child and only 120 successful adoptions occur each year.
Orphan care can be intimidating. Many people do not have the time or resources to foster or adopt and believe that, because of their limitations, they can't do anything. However, YOU HAVE A VOICE and that voice has the power to engage others in reaching out to those in need around you.
As an individual, it is often hard to see what one person can do for orphans on their own. Yet each person has the potential to be an agent of change to bring hope to children in need. Here are a few ways you can care for orphans and vulnerable children:
As community leaders - whether a rabbi, local council committee member, entrepreneurial influencer, etc., you have a unique platform to share the love God has for the fatherless. Whether on Orphan Shabbat in November or on a midweek gathering throughout the year, here are a few ideas of how to speak out on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children:
Use the following resources to inspire and encourage others to join the cause of Orphan Shabbat.
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